​What’s Wrong With Carrying a Spare Magazine in My Pocket?

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Since our Product Showroom opened a few months ago, I’ve had the pleasure of introducing a lot of people to the benefits of Kydex. Many times, customers would come in thinking we’re a leather shop, and they were disappointed to learn we only produce Kydex holsters.

I constantly heard, “I don’t like that plastic stuff!” or “That’s not going to be as comfortable as leather is!” And you know what? As soon as they actually touched and tried on our products, their opinions completely changed. I like to think that you shouldn’t knock something until you’ve tried it because there’s always a good chance you’re wrong.

That being said, another popular comment I’ve heard has to do with carrying a spare magazine. When checking out our products, a lot of people are drawn to our spare magazine carriers – we have a whole host of bins full of them, so it draws a bit of attention. Customers are constantly picking them up and taking a closer look at them, only to ask, “What the heck is this for?” And my answer is almost always followed by an obligatory, “Oh. I don’t need that. I carry my spare magazine in my pocket.”

While I’m definitely of the mind that it’s always better to carry a spare magazine than not – better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it – I firmly believe that pocket carry is not the best carry.

And no, it’s not because I’m trying to push our products. 

I’ve come to this conclusion after much research, discussion and actually trying it myself. So let’s dive into what I’ve learned:

  • If your pockets are loose, your magazine does not stay put. It can fall out, it can be turned around, and the bullets themselves can actually pop out or come loose, sticking out just enough to prevent a quick insertion into your gun. When you need that magazine, you need it be orientated correctly so that you can grab it and insert it without losing focus. That’s not the case if you have loose pockets.
  • If your pockets are tight (and mine frequently are because, let’s face it, I’m a woman and I like tight jeans) it’s almost impossible to conceal. Not to mention, it’s very unflattering to have a giant bulge in your pocket if you’re a woman. Plus, less pocket space means it digs into your leg every single time you sit down. Ouch!
  • Ladies might be thinking, I’ll just toss it into my purse like I do my gun. And if that’s absolutely your only option (i.e. you’re wearing an outfit that completely prevents you from on-body carry) then I won’t disagree. But, think about all the stuff that’s in your purse, and imagine having to grab that gun and the extra magazine in a pinch. It may only take a few extra seconds compared to grabbing from inside the waistband, but it’s seconds that count.
  • Guys…what else are you carrying in your pockets? Lint? Coins? A wallet? Flashlight? Pocket knife? Lighter? All those things can hinder your ability to grab your magazine. And you need to watch out for things that might actually wedge themselves in between the bullets.
  • Finally, have you ever noticed that when you put something in your pocket day after day it begins to wear at your jeans? I have. It’s not a major issue, but still, it’s worth mentioning.

So, to play Devil’s Advocate, a few months ago, I started wearing one of our Single Pistol Magazine Carriers inside the waistband, in addition to my every day carry – my Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 9mm. I was afraid that as a woman it would A. take up too much real estate on my belt; B. be too hard to conceal in addition to the gun; C. be uncomfortable; and D. be an inconvenience to lug around all day.

To my surprise (seriously), none of those things were true. In fact, I’m wearing both my gun and a spare magazine right this very second, and I can’t even tell either are there. And yes, I’m sitting down at my desk to write this. And yes, I’m wearing my typical skinny jeans that are tight AF. Can’t. Feel. A Thing.

Did that take some time to get used to? For sure. But so did carrying a holster. It just comes with the territory.

And now, I know that should the need ever arise for me to not only use my gun, but also require additional ammo, I’m set. I can easily grab the magazine in the correct orientation, press the mag release on my gun and slide the new mag in without thinking twice. And that’s not only because of the spare magazine carrier, but also the fact that I practiced reloads over and over again after adding this item to my EDC. And I highly (highly!!) recommend training consistently with your gear, even if it’s just dry firing and reloading with empty mags.

So that’s my two cents! What’s yours? 

P.S. if you are interested in learning more about our Single Pistol Magazine Carrier, here are some great resources:

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